Salisbury train crash: ‘Wheel landslide’ most likely cause of collision, investigators say | UK News

“Wheel landslides” caused by “low adhesion between the train wheels and the track” are the most likely cause of the Salisbury train crash, investigators say.

More than a dozen people needed hospital treatment, and a train driver sustained life-changing injuries after two services collided Sunday night.

Andrew Hall, deputy chief inspector for the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, said it pursued the “low adhesion” theory with others.

    scene of a two-train crash near the Fisherton Tunnel between Andover and Salisbury in Wiltshire.  50 firefighters were called to the scene of the accident on Sunday
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About 50 firefighters went to the scene and evacuated the train

He said analysis of the train’s data recorders, data from the track signals and CCTV recordings was underway.

“First evidence suggests that the southwestern train driver activated the brakes as it approached the intersection at the red signal, but the train was unable to stop until it passed the signal,” Hall said.

People have described being thrown from their seats and watching “flames”.

A woman who was out cheating or treating with her family nearby compared the noise from the crash to “a bomb” and “thunder”.

Hall said in a description of the crash: “From the first evidence we have gathered, we know that the passage of the Great Western Train, which ran from Eastleigh over the Salisbury tunnel junction, was protected by a red signal.

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“At this junction, the tracks coming from Eastleigh merge with those coming from Basingstoke, so the south-west route from Basingstoke was forced to stop at that signal.

“Unfortunately, it did not stop and hit the side of the Great Western train at an angle, so both trains derailed and ran side by side into the tunnel just behind the intersection.”

About 50 firefighters from Dorset and Wiltshire and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight fire and rescue services were called to the scene and evacuated 92 passengers across both trains.

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